As a mark of respect to Cabinet Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who passed away on Thursday, the national flag was flown at half-mast in Delhi and Capitals of all States and UTs.
Soon after the minister died at a hospital in New Delhi on Thursday, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a notification in this regard that the national flag would be flown at half-mast on the day and at the place where his funeral takes place.
Paswan was the founder of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and one of the most noted Dalit leaders of the country who remained in active politics for more than 50 years. He passed away at the age of 74 after undergoing a heart surgery a few days ago.
Current LJP chief and his son Chirag Paswan broke the news on Twitter. Chirag tweeted a throwback photo and wrote (in Hindi): “Papa …. Now you are not in this world but I know you are always with me wherever you are. Miss you Papa.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union home minister Amit Shah were among the many politicians who condoled the news of the demise of the leader.
“I am saddened beyond words. There is a void in our nation that will perhaps never be filled. Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji’s demise is a personal loss. I have lost a friend, valued colleague and someone who was extremely passionate to ensure every poor person leads a life of dignity,” PM Modi said in his condolence message.
“Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji rose in politics through hard work and determination. As a young leader, he resisted tyranny and the assault on our democracy during the Emergency. He was an outstanding Parliamentarian and Minister, making lasting contributions in several policy areas,” Modi said in a subsequent tweet.
“Modi government will be committed to fulfill his dream of the welfare of the poor and development of Bihar. My condolences to his family and supporters. I pray for the peace of the departed soul,” wrote Amit Shah.